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Are Film Festivals Even Worth It?

October 13, 2010

A random thought on film festivals at 5am, the time during which I should probably be doing any number of things other than blogging, but eh…

Are film festivals even worth it anymore?

A few years ago, it seemed like the supposed best way to get yourself out there was make a good short > enter it into some festivals > meet some people that are interested in you + are interested in hearing about future projects you’ve got going on > get connected and pulled into meetings to have something even bigger that you’ve conceived go on to be produced.

– they’re dreadfully expensive.  I don’t want to tell you how much I’ve spent just entering “Close.” into festivals, but I have to pay an entry fee/festival that ranges anywhere between $20-80 just so that (in some cases) some people that have been selected to judge the work I’ve done can say whether or not it’s worthy to be played somewhere, with no possibility of a refund in either case.

– if you’re like me, you can’t even afford to travel to most of them, so what’s the point?  Most festivals, too, can’t afford to pay your travel costs, so many times, you’re having to come out of pocket in order to fly up and down and all across the country.  And who’s paying for that?

– most people you and I know have never heard of a film festival and don’t want to pay $7-13 just to see just one short film, even if it’s been done by a friend of theirs and even if it’s in a huge theater, so what’s the value-add for them?

What other options do we have?

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Evita permalink
    October 21, 2010 1:12 am

    I think it depends on why one makes films? To get discovered? To express an idea? I think they have a festival for every kind of filmmaker out there….but if the filmmaker is not in the audience, I still get excited about a project, a filmmaker so I think if you find the ones that fit you, then they are worth it.

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